Injured Tajh Boyd says he'll 'be fine'

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was injured on the final play of the third quarter and headed to the locker room in the eighth-ranked Tigers' game with Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

After scrambling for 7 yards as the quarter wound down, Boyd remained on the turf after falling hard on his left shoulder. Boyd got up on his own power and trotted to the sideline. Moments later, though, he walked to the locker room at Death Valley.

Boyd eventually returned to the sidelines and threw a few practice passes, even pestering offensive coordinator Chad Morris to go back in. But the Tigers, who were up 24 at the time, did not put him back in the game. Cole Stoudt replaced him at quarterback.

Boyd told ESPN's Joe Schad that he has a bruised sternum and collarbone, but not a broken bone.

"I'll be fine," the senior quarterback said.

Boyd had completed 20 of 26 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns. The senior also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers led 41-24 when Boyd left the field. They eventually won 55-31.

"If it was a dire situation I felt like I needed to play, I felt like I could've," Boyd said. "But we were in a situation where it wasn't needed."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.